Rural Plains

Dating from about 1723, the house stayed continuously in the Shelton Family for more than 275 years.  Virginia patriot and politician Patrick Henry reportedly married Sarah Shelton in its parlor in 1754.  110 years later it lay in the center of the U.S. Army's position during the Battle of Totopotomy Creek.  It survived that action, despite being riddled with Confederate artillery fire.  The house and 124 surrounding acres now are preserved by Richmond National Battlefield Park. 804-226-1981 or www.nps.gov/rich